When Brian Regan headlines at the Dodge Theatre this weekend, don’t expect to him to pull a Sarah Silverman and call Britney Spears’ children “adorable mistakes” or poke fun at the celebrity rehab train.
Regan, who has made his name as a clean comic, stays away from the obvious celeb jokes.
“I see all the difficulties that are happening with the Paris Hiltons and the Britney Spearses, and I kind of feel bad for them,” he says. “There are plenty of people who mine that territory for comedy, so I’ll just leave that for them. ... I just worry that there’s going to be a day when I flip out and shave my head. I’ll hope that because I never attacked anyone else that I get a pass.”
So what does he discuss?
“I talk about going to the doctor, buying a house, having kids and getting married,” Regan says. “It’s sort of a slice of Americana.”
Over the past few years Regan — who has been doing stand-up for more than 20 years and has appeared on talk shows such as “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” — has moved up from intimate comedy venues to shows in large theaters.
“I had somebody show me a ticket that they had bought from one of my theater shows,” he says when asked about a difference between the types of venues. “It had my name on the front and on the back it said, 'Warning: Despite enhanced spectator shielding areas, pucks still may fly into the spectator area.’ I just want to forewarn everybody that I can’t be responsible if I start smacking slap shots out there.”
In addition to his stand-up, Regan has some projects in the works, including a two-year deal with Comedy Central. His one-hour stand-up special will re-air on the network Tuesday and he’ll tape another special for it next year.
Comedy Central also gave him a deal to develop a TV show.
“I recently pitched an idea to them, which they’re in the process of mulling over,” he says. “I’m just sitting and waiting to find out if I can make a pilot or not. It will be a lot of fun if they say yes.”
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Information: (602) 379-2800 or brianregan.com